The Embassy Theatre: Black & White Film Series
Jun22

The Embassy Theatre: Black & White Film Series

Do you believe it’s possible to travel through time? Until today, I myself was a skeptic; however, I now full-heartedly believe in the magic. I was transported back to the year 1928 (and you can be too). How? Well, I simply spent my morning at the Embassy Theatre. With the above in mind, The Embassy originally opened in 1928 as a silent film and vaudeville house. To honor the theatre’s history, The Embassy is currently in the midst of its marvelous Black & White Film Series. Not familiar? I’ll elaborate. The Black & White Film Series is an annual 3-part succession of silent, black and white films. The last installment of this year’s series will take place on Monday, June 27th at 7pm. It is important to note, each of the films are accompanied by an organist on the Grande Page pipe organ. I assure you the accompaniment alone is reason enough to check out the series! Today’s features were two vintage silent films: A Trip to the Moon, a French film, and Backstage, a slapstick comedy. A Trip to the Moon was narrated by John O’Connell from IPFW, and Backstage featured subtitles. The experience began with the lights dimming. Then, both O’Connell and the organist took their places on stage. The Grande Page was lowered into the floor, to avoid obstructing views, and after some brief history on the films, they began. Overall, the atmosphere in the theatre was incredible. The astonishing architecture, remarkable music, and great films all added to the magnitude of the event. The Black & White Film Series is certainly something everyone should experience at least once! And, we should take advantage of the opportunity being in our own city. How many people have the chance to see a silent film with live pipe organ accompaniment? So, come out next Monday evening, have some popcorn, and enjoy being taken back in time....

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